blackbirdan online journal of literature and the artsSpring 2017  Vol. 16 No. 2
Dorothy Allison

Dorothy Allison is the author of the short story collection Trash (Firebrand Books, 1988), which won two Lambda Literary Awards and the American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing. The expanded edition of Trash included the prize-winning short story “Compassion,” selected for both The Best American Short Stories 2003 and Best New Stories from the South 2003. Her novel, Bastard Out of Carolina (Dutton Penguin, 1992), was a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award and won the Ferro Grumley prize, an American Library Association Award for Lesbian and Gay Writing, and became a best seller and award-winning movie. She is also the author of a chapbook of poetry, The Women Who Hate Me (Long Haul Press 1983), and the book Cavedweller (Penguin Books, 1998), which became a national bestseller, New York Times notable book of the year, finalist for the Lillian Smith prize, and an American Library Association prize winner. She is an award-winning editor for Quest, Conditions, and Outlook, previous recipient of the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction, and a member of the board of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.  end